Needles excellency 12 Cleaned Up Printable

Next Lace Project

I’ve decided on my next lace project, its from The Needles Excellency, printed in 1631. I’ve cleaned up the original digitally and will be posting it below. This strip is repeatable, and I plan on putting it on a partlet. Or possibly a chemise. This piece is likely going to take a VERY long time Read More…

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Chemises galore!

What do you do with 30 yards of handkerchief linen? MAKE ALL THE CHEMISES!!!! Some background. We bought a large lot of linen, 30 yards, from Grayline linens, all handkerchief weight, with the intent of making chemises and underthings for 3 people. By cutting all of the chemises together, we managed to save fabric from Read More…

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Mauve wool Italian dress with grey wool trim, Diary part 2

Previously I had finished all of the internal and external seams of the dress. This included flat felling and folding seam allowances over to finish the armscye, neck line and front closure. The plan: I plan on trimming this dress with grey wool trim cut on the bias for smooth curves. This style of trim Read More…

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Mauve wool Italian dress with grey wool trim, Diary part 1.

I enjoy wearing the Italian renaissance style dresses that have a slightly shorter waist. They look good on me, are comfortable and relatively easy to make with a small amount of fabric for a full figured woman like myself (3-4 yards). I also find when pressed I can get this dress style to a wearable Read More…

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Blue Dress

I recently finished a late period Italian dress for my SCA work. Done entirely by hand, the fashion fabric is a tropical weight royal blue wool. A linen canvas interlining and stiffening layer, and light weight blue linen lining in the bodice only. I did the eyelets all by hand using blue silk twist, and Read More…